shredded and satisfying chicken recipes

Slow, simple, shredded, and satisfying describes this week’s delicious recipes!  With just a handful of ingredients tossed together in your crockpot, you can come home to flavorful chicken ready to shred and enjoy as a main course, tossed into a salad, or skillet meal and leftovers for fast meals in the coming days.  Meal time does not need to be stressful, just flavorful! Enjoy!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken


3 lbs (about 5-6 count) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1½ cups BBQ Sauce

½ medium onion, grated (with juice)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp brown sugar


Stir together all sauce ingredients in a 5-6 qt slow cooker.
Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. Chicken is done when cooked through and easy to shred.
Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred each breast using two forks. Place shredded chicken back in the crock pot and stir to coat with the yummy sauce.

CrockPot Café Rio Shredded Chicken


2 pounds chicken – boneless & skinless
1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

1 (1 oz) packet Ranch Dressing Mix (mix with 1/2 cup water)


Place all your ingredients except for the chicken into your crockpot. Stir.
Add your chicken
Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. I flipped the chicken half way through.
Once your chicken is done, remove just the chicken and shred using 2 forks. Replace the shredded chicken back into the crockpot and mix well with the left over juice.
Serve in salads, burritos, tacos, burrito bowls!

Challenge of the Week: Give your water a refreshing makeover by adding a few wedges of lime, lemon, orange or other fruit.  My favorite method is to infuse sliced strawberries and orange in a pitcher of water over one or two days for incredible flavor!  If you already put fruit in your water, try a new fruit this week!

Kay Simms, MS, HFI, CSCS